Millions in Aid Needed for Burundi Refugees - UN

For nearly seven years, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the DR Congo have been generously hosting refugees from Burundi. While last year's political transition has brought hope that more refugees may be able to return home, the majority of Burundians will continue to be in need of international protection throughout 2021 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. It said this year's funding appeal - the 2021 Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan - seeks critical support for the provision of food, shelter and education, as well as access to healthcare and water - vital for the prevention and response measures related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The UNHCR, together with 33 partners, is appealing for U.S.$222,6 million to provide much needed humanitarian assistance for over 315,000 Burundian refugees this year.

People fleeing violence in Burundi (file photo).

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